Possible Porter promise: Casinos in Truckee
On the Campaign Trail. Let me tell you, practicing law and managing a full-time campaign for Governor keeps me busy.
‘P’ for Porter
The campaign Exploratory Committee came back with encouraging polling results, so we have taken the plunge. You will soon see our campaign slogan on millions of bumper stickers: “Send Porter to Sacramento — ASAP.” (I overruled the Committee’s preference: “P for Porter” – that was my slogan for high school Student Body President, posted in the men’s room, for which I almost got suspended).
Before and after
Another election scoop for our local paper: I have been in the gym every morning working out with Arnold. Even starting to look like him.
We are so busy neither of us has time to appear at the candidate debates. Arnold needs time to formulate his actor-turned-politically-correct positions. I have plenty of strong opinions, but my Committee thinks they need fine tuning, toning down. Arnie and I are spending so much time in the gym we are starting to look our old selves. Me – “Before”, Arnie – “After”.
My campaign fund-raising has been encouraging.
It is hard to believe how much money can be generated from a card table in front of Safeway. If you haven’t seen us at Safeway, check Albertsons.
Cruz-ing for dollars
I have to be candid. Cruz Bustamante just raked in $3 million from the Native Americans. No strings attached, no commitments, no promises from Cruz, just a little “remember us” gesture (as if they didn’t get enough results from our sitting Governor).
Casinos come to town
I hope you like casinos. Again, I’ve got to be candid. Not to be outdone by Cruz, our Committee is cooking up a donation plan with the local Native Americans, and while there is no connection between their contributions and any special favors, we are exploring the feasibility of casinos on the Commons Beach in Tahoe City and in downtown Truckee.
We will know more about the likelihood of those casinos once their Native American contributions are counted.
Recall candidates unravel
Here’s what I think is really going to happen. You heard it here first – contrary to every poll. You all are going to get tired of “politics as usual” with the recall candidates. Larry Flynt and Arianna Huffington will get married on the campaign trail. Tom McClintock will drop out, paving the way for Arnold, making McClintock a hero with conservative Republicans – setting up his next election.
Peter Ueberroth, probably the best choice overall, will slip in the polls. Angelyne will do better than expected based on her plan to make lap-dancing tax deductible.
Cruz was weak as a Speaker of the Assembly and doesn’t have the “take charge” attitude to be Governor, nor is he a political fund-raising animal like Gray (unless you want a casino).
And Arnold, if he ever forms a platform and joins the debates (without prepared questions), will unravel, exposed as the novice he is.
Here is Garrison Keillor’s Minnesota tip on Arnold: Action heroes make terrible politicians.
And that leaves me and Gray. It will be close. Save your money (like Arnie, I have plenty) but keep those e-mails of support coming.
Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter–Simon, with offices in Truckee, South Lake Tahoe and Reno. He is a mediator and was the Governor’s appointee to the Bipartisan McPherson Commission and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the firm’s Web site http://www.portersimon.com.
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